King & Spalding snags Quinn litigator as companies compete for Chicago turf

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  • Lazar Raynal beforehand led McDermott Will & Emery’s litigation observe
  • Raynal has represented corporations accused of violating Illinois’ biometric privateness legislation

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(Reuters) – As it continues to develop its Chicago workplace, King & Spalding has tapped a Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan companion whose latest shoppers have included main defendants in Illinois’ biometric privateness legislation litigation.

Lazar Raynal joined King & Spalding as a companion in its trial and international disputes observe group, the agency mentioned Monday, touting his expertise dealing with a variety of advanced business instances.

Prior to becoming a member of Quinn Emanuel in 2017, Raynal spent practically 30 years at Chicago-founded McDermott Will & Emery, rising to change into the worldwide chair of its litigation group and co-chair of its belief & property controversy observe.

Raynal credited his friendship with Zach Fardon, a former Chicago U.S. lawyer who helped launch King & Spalding’s workplace within the Windy City in 2017, with luring him away from Quinn Emanuel.

“That was what got me interested to talk to the firm,” Raynal mentioned.

What sealed the deal, he mentioned, was King & Spalding’s vary of transactional and regulatory practices, and particularly its work in company transactions, knowledge privateness and life sciences.

At Quinn Emanuel, Raynal represented expertise firm International Business Machines Corp and pizza chain Little Caesar Enterprises Inc in disputes over whether or not they violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, which has pushed a raft of privateness instances because it was adopted in 2008.

Raynal declined to say whether or not any particular shoppers had been coming over with him to Atlanta-founded King & Spalding. “I expect to maintain the relationships I have with clients,” he mentioned.

Raynal’s profession trajectory, taking a longtime observe from a homegrown Chicago agency to out-of-town rivals, displays the rising authorized market competitors throughout the Windy City. Since final 12 months alone, Chicago has seen Cooley, Dickinson Wright, Greenspoon Marder, Venable and Willkie Farr & Gallagher arrange store within the metropolis. (Los Angeles-founded Quinn Emanuel is a relative mainstay, having arrived in Chicago in 2009).

“I think the Chicago market looks like revolving chairs at some of the firms because the competition has very much heated up in the city,” Raynal mentioned.

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David Thomas

David Thomas stories on the enterprise of legislation, together with legislation agency technique, hiring, mergers and litigation. He relies out of Chicago. He might be reached at d.thomas@thomsonreuters.com and on Twitter @DaveThomas5150.

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